Welcome to Eclecticism. As the name implies, I write about anything and everything, but the thread that holds all these disparate topics together is a love of good, creative nonfiction writing. I do my best to avoid clichés — not just the phrases, like “an ego the size of Texas”, but textual ones like “This.Is.Not.On.”
In more concrete terms, I muse on everyday happenings and conversations (like My Life in Cafés), write book reviews (often in unusual ways, such as my review of The Comfort of Strangers), and experiment in writing the same story in many different styles (start here if you’re interested: Experimenting with Styles). As for me, I have over 30 years' experience of being published in magazines and books (here’s a list of some of the places I’ve been published).
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Reflections on everyday life, and articles about things, events, sayings, people, that have profoundly influenced me. For example: Dear Mr Dale.
Experimental writing, in particular through a French writing movement known as Oulipo. For example: Experimenting with Styles.
A very short bio
Here’s a bit more about me:
The picture shows two of our three cats. They eat so much that I have to work to keep up with the food bills.
I live in the UK: a Londoner born and bred.
I’ve been writing for many years, and was first published by someone willing to pay me in 1990 (see link above).
I can’t think of anything else, but feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading this.